Centre for Youth Music holds its annual open day 

Yuliana Pascoe, winner of the busking competition

The Chopstick Samba session was a hit

A student busking competition was the highlight of a recent Charles Darwin University Centre for Youth Music annual open day on Saturday 16 September.

The busking competition involved students performing solo or in small groups. Staff and CYM tutors were impressed by the standard of competition which showed the quality of up and coming young Darwin musicians is very promising.

Year seven student, Yuliana Pascoe, won the competition prize, impressing CYM guitar tutor and judge on the day, Brian Cullen, with her strong voice and guitar playing.

Staff, tutors, students and parents were also inspired by the Chopstick Samba School, run by ‘Samba King’, Walter Piccolruaz, and his team.

Chopsticks were used by participants to accompany drumming and instruments in creating several samba rhythms. Many found keeping the simple rhythms challenging but overall enjoyed the chance to learn some percussion skills and experience the renowned samba team in action.

To finish off the day, a free have-a-go introductory keyboard session was offered to children aged four to seven years. Glenda Snyder ran the group of enthusiastic children through their first formal training on keyboards.

The CYM would like to thank the support of staff, tutors, parents, friends and students of the CYM for helping to make the day a success.

The Centre for Youth Music, established in 1990, provides comprehensive individual tuition, ensemble and orchestral training programs for young musicians aged three to 18 years.

The Centre is now taking enrolments for its term four programs, and more information can be found on the website: www.cdu.edu.au/cym or by calling administration on 08 8946 6013.